FLAWES: 'Higher Than Before' (ft. Mali-Koa), Showcasing Their Personalities, & Their UpcomingEP 'Reverie'
By: Ezzah Rafique | February 13, 2021
Freddie Edwards, Josh Carruthers, and Josh Hussey are FLAWES. The electro indie-pop trio talk 'Higher Than Before' (ft. Mali-Koa), showcasing their personalities, and their upcoming EP 'Reverie'.
Check out the interview below...
When creating the band, did you guys always know what type of sound you wanted to create?
Freddie: Our sound has really developed over the years. The very first few demos that JC wrote were a lot more ambient and downtempo compared to the music we’re putting out today. Back then we were influenced by acts like London Grammar and Jack Garratt whereas nowadays we see ourselves sitting alongside the likes of One Republic and Maroon 5. It was a natural progression and it feels great to be putting out upbeat and uplifting music!
You released your new single 'Higher Than Before' featuring Mali-Koa at the end of January, how did y'all meet and know you all wanted to create a song together?
JC: We are big fans of Mali and knew her voice would sound amazing on ‘Higher Than Before’ so we were so excited when she said yes. Collaborating with her was so much fun, it was one of those sessions that was written in 20 minutes, everything seemed to be going for us that day. We love collaborating with other artists having previously released songs with ROZES and Sad Alex. I can’t wait to perform it live together one day, hopefully soon!
With 'Higher Than Before', what type of mood or sound did you intend to create the song with? Especially with the music video recently released, was there a message in it you guys intended to portray?
Freddie: ‘Higher Than Before’ was written on piano and was originally intended to be played quite a lot faster. We felt like something wasn’t quite right and gave the song a complete overhaul taking inspiration from The Police. The verses accentuate the backbeat, almost like reggae music does, and we were looking to create a dream-like atmosphere with those sections. Our vision for the video was to match the way the song makes you feel and the pink tones we chose seem to do that really well! The song is about celebrating someone that makes you a better version of yourself, and the trampoline scenes in the video took that idea of going higher than before quite literally haha.
How would you describe your creative process especially with 'Reverie', your upcoming EP?
Huss: The creative process for Reverie was different for sure. Obviously, we couldn’t be in the studio together so we decided to build our own home studios and all work remotely. The whole EP was written and recorded without us being in the same room, which was really fun! We learned a lot along the way... and being the drummer, I discovered I had very understanding neighbours hah!
Do you have a favorite song off of 'Reverie' or a favorite memory from creating the album/particular song from the EP?
Freddie: My standout track would be ‘I Don’t Quit For No One’. It’s a really intimate, stripped-back song and I think I like it so much because of how different it is [from] everything else on the EP. The song really showcases JC’s voice and I love the electronic drums Huss made for later in the song!
You guys have dropped quite a lot of music in the past year, what do you think is important, especially now that touring being paused, when releasing music and connecting with fans?
Huss: I think for us it’s been important to showcase our personalities through our music videos and on our social media, as that’s been our only way of really interacting with our fans. We spent so much time in lockdown planning our music videos and they were so much fun to make. We’re so excited to play these new songs live and meet all our fans in person but for now, this just gives them more time to learn all the lyrics before coming to a FLAWES show.
FLAWES with Mali-Koa
Are there any artists or genres of music that you guys listened to while growing up that have inspired your songs or influenced your music?
Huss: We’ve all grown up listening to very different styles of music, which is great that we all draw inspiration from different places. For me, I grew up listening to bands like Blink 182, Fall Out Boy, and any pop-punk that was going really. Gradually as I got older I started to listen to more Hip Hop music. I think you can hear that influence in the drum parts when listening to FLAWES, even in some of the sounds we use for the drums or the parts themselves.
What has been the biggest obstacle for you all as a band?
JC: I think the biggest obstacle so far has been the year 2020, having just released our debut album ‘Highlights’ in January 2020 after years of preparation only to have our entire calendar emptied due to Covid19. The three of us are naturally very optimistic people, and so we strived to make the best out of the situation. This included starting weekly isolation sessions, zoom parties with fans, Instagram live performances, and subsequently writing the upcoming EP ‘Reverie’.
Has there been anyone you worked with as a band that you learned a lot from or left a long-lasting impression on you?
JC: We spent three days writing in the studio in Los Angeles with Finneas back in 2016. We ended up writing our song ‘Blank Dice’ together and still keep in touch with him now. He’s such a talented songwriter and musician and fully deserved all his success. I remember his work ethic being so admirable and infectious.
Lastly, is there a song that has influenced you in any way so much so that you wish you were able to be in the studio while the artist created it?
Freddie: For me, it would have to be any song by the legend that is Jimi Hendrix! He really paved the way for modern guitarists and to get a glimpse into his creative process would be incredible. As a band, perhaps it would be ‘Sledgehammer’ by Peter Gabriel. I’m not entirely sure how it happened, but it’s become the song we listen to before we go on stage to play haha. He’s awesome too!